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Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh McCown: Comparing the vagabond quarterbacks

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When the Buccaneers host the Jets on Sunday, it won’t be the first time Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have gone head-to-head. In fact, this will be the third straight season they’ve played against each other. Fitzpatrick’s Jets got the better of McCown’s Browns both times.

Okay, so it’s not Brady vs. Manning. It’s more like beige vs. khaki. Really.

See whether you can tell the difference.

Josh McPatrick or Ryan Fitzcown?

Their career stats are virtually indistinguishable.

Quarterback AQuarterback B
Win percentage0.4010.319
Completion percentage59.860.4
Touchdown percentage4.33.8
Interception percentage3.43.2
Yards per attempt6.76.8
Quarterback rating79.980.2

(Answer: Quarterback A is Fitzpatrick, B is McCown)

How’d we get here?

Fitzpatrick and McCown have been all over the map. They’ve called 13 NFL cities home but haven’t stayed anywhere longer than four seasons. Their former teams haven’t missed them, but they haven’t exactly been better off, either.

Fitzpatrick:

TeamSeasonsWho he replacedWho replaced him
St. Louis2005-2006Marc BulgerMarc Bulger
Cincinnati2007-2008Carson PalmerCarson Palmer
Buffalo2009-2012Trent EdwardsEJ Manuel
Tennessee2013Jake LockerJake Locker
Houston2014Matt SchaubBrian Hoyer
N.Y. Jets2015-2016Geno SmithJosh McCown
Tampa Bay2017Jameis Winstone_SEmD

McCown:

TeamSeasonsWho he replacedWho replaced him
Arizona2002-2005Jeff Blake (2003), Kurt Warner (2005)Shaun King (2004), Kurt Warner (2005)
Detroit2006Did not attempt a pass.
Oakland2007Daunte CulpepperJaMarcus Russell
Carolina2008-2009Jake DelhommeJake Delhomme
Played in United Football League in 2010.
Chicago2011-2013Jay CutlerJay Cutler
Tampa Bay2014Mike GlennonJameis Winston
Cleveland2015-2016Connor ShawAustin Davis
N.Y. Jets2017Ryan Fitzpatricke_SEmD

They’re not eating Ws

The 20 lowest win percentages among active quarterbacks (minimum 16 games started):

PlayerWin%
Blaine Gabbert0.225
Brandon Weeden0.240
Mike Glennon0.273
Colt McCoy0.280
Terrelle Pryor0.300
Blake Bortles0.302
Josh McCown0.319
EJ Manuel0.333
Chad Henne0.340
Kellen Clemens0.381
Geno Smith0.400
Ryan Fitzpatrick0.401
Jameis Winston0.425
Derek Anderson0.426
Sam Bradford0.431
Brian Hoyer0.432
Case Keenum0.433
Matt Cassel0.444
Matthew Stafford0.470
Marcus Mariota0.471

Contact Thomas Bassinger at tbassinger@tampabay.com. Follow @tometrics.

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